Introducing CloudApper: The Benchmark in Rapid Cloud Development Toolsets

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Introducing CloudApper – a rapid cloud development toolset that reduces development cycles, lowers costs, and removes the friction from identity management deployments. (Photo courtesy of pexels.com)

Back in the early days of the Internet, website content management was a bit more complicated. If you weren’t proficient in making modifications to Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), chances are that you hired a professional who used a platform like Dreamweaver to upload content changes via file transfer protocol (FTP). The process tended to be cumbersome and often required the services of a professional which meant that you were at the mercy of their availability.

Then, on May 27, 2003, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little introduced the world to WordPress. WordPress fundamentally changed the way we manage website content by simplifying the process and offering an architecture that was easier to understand. According to Wikipdedia, “WordPress is by far the most popular website management or blogging system in use on the web, supporting more than 60 million websites. (http://bit.ly/2tAq7RJ).

Although platforms like Dreamweaver still exist, many of us now use WordPress to manage our websites because we can customize our approach, add and delete content whenever or wherever we want, and perhaps most importantly, we shed our reliance on using third party experts and developers to accomplish what we want in a way that is unique to our own audience.

Biometric software development can also, at times, be frustrating and exasperating but it doesn’t have to be. When you make the decision to use biometric identification there are 3 essential ingredients to the project:

  1. The biometric hardware (i.e. the physical device used to enroll and subsequently identify an individual – fingerprint readers, iris cameras)
  2. The biometric matching algorithm (i.e. the automated method that enables a biometric system to recognize an individual)
  3. The business software – where the biometric system integrates into

Over 15 years of experience implementing biometric identification management projects around the world for a variety of businesses and governments has taught us some very valuable lessons. For every successful deployment we see, there are much more that die at the hands of ballooning development costs and delays – many of which are 100% avoidable.

The ability to eliminate lengthy development cycles and circumvent additional, unplanned costs was our calling card to develop CloudApper – a rapid cloud development toolset which can be used to rapidly develop and integrate the business software ANY identity management project requires, with or without biometrics. No one wants to see their identity management project die at the hands of unnecessarily tying up existing resources in the absence of producing any results. Wasting time, money and resources when developing and deploying the business software layer for identification management solutions is over. Done. Finished. Gone.

Understanding that modern software development is also about personalization, we went a step further. We designed CloudApper to not only eliminate the lengthy development cycles that bog down so many projects we see but to also offer our end users the opportunity to customize the business software to address the unique needs of the customers they serve. Imagine that. The ability to tweak and adjust a business software layer based on what data is or isn’t important to you. It’s an unprecedented development in cloud data management and one we encourage you to explore.

Whether you are or aren’t interested in using biometric identification, we have used CloudApper to construct pre-configured cloud data management solutions that are customized for specific vertical deployments. For example, pre-configured (but still very much customizable) versions of CloudApper are available for the following verticals:

  • Banks, NGOs, and Financial Organizations
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Border Control and Immigration
  • Judicial Authorities
  • Public Administration Authorities
  • Manufacturing Plants
  • Transportation Authorities
  • Education and Student Tracking

This list is not exhaustive of all the verticals CloudApper can serve. In reality, the sky is the limit. CloudApper has the potential to be applied to ANY vertical that requires software to manage data. We encourage you to explore CloudApper and learn about it’s features and functions to determine if it is the right fit for your needs. And don’t forget that CloudApper already integrates with CloudABIS and CloudScanr enabling you access to a scalable matching system that supports various hardware devices and any web browser.

Here is a brief video about CloudApper:

For more information about the CloudApper rapid cloud development toolset, please send us an email at: info@m2sys.com or visit our website for more details.

 

Secugen and M2SYS Partner on CloudABIS Biometrics Suite

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Secugen and M2SYS Technology announce a partnership designed to advance the adoption of the CloudABIS suite of biometric identification management solutions.

Today we announced a new partnership with Secugen to help customers using their fingerprint readers to accelerate their projects through the adoption of CloudABIS – a new suite of cloud-based biometric identification management tools designed to help lower the costs and remove the friction for authentication projects around the world.

If you haven’t heard about the CloudABIS suite, we have some exciting news to share. As longstanding pioneers in the biometrics industry with a strong track record of designing and developing innovative biometric identity management solutions that lower the costs and speed the adoption of this technology, M2SYS is pleased to now offer the CloudABIS suite that enables anyone in the world to quickly develop and deploy a highly scalable solution that avoids the risk, cost, and burden of the development time and maintenance so often required for these types of projects.

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Are Cloud Applications The Future of Biometric Identification Management?

Cloud computing is the future of our digital world. It is proven to be a more affordable and convenient solution to store and secure data. Biometric identification management technology utilizes cloud computing, rendering it more reliable and fast, freeing up resources, and creating once unforeseen efficiencies to help increase utility and security.

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Cloud Applications. Source: Pixabay

There are reasons behind the increasing popularity of cloud applications in biometric identification management. These include:

  • Multimodal biometrics (a combination of fingerprint, palm vein, finger vein, iris, palm print, DNA, voice, and facial) are now widely adopted by governments, fintech, and private companies. Multimodal biometric deployments generate a lot of data which is expensive to store, risky to manage, and time consuming. Consequently, the cloud is an ideal candidate for multimodal biometric deployments.
  • Adopting a cloud biometric identification system enables you to be free of employing an in-house team to manage the system. It will not only save money but also help you to concentrate on your core business and competencies.
  • Considering smart spaces, access control applications, mobile applications, and ambient intelligence environments, cloud based biometric solutions provides you excellent deployment flexibilities.
  • In terms of speed, cloud computing is far superior to in-house, traditional biometric technology hosting environments. It also speeds up the workforce by reducing the system complexity of an in-house team.
  • You have the luxury of parallel processing capabilities in cloud applications where several people can work with the same data without any issues.
  • Cloud applications reduce the cost of buying infrastructure including hardware which is a huge burden to many startup companies.

Understanding that cloud applications are the future of cloud computing, you can let us know your opinion by voting in our latest poll on Twitter entitled “Cloud applications are the future of biometric identification management”.

8 Benefits of Cloud-based Biometric Identification Management

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Does the cloud offer distinct advantages when using biometric identification solutions?

Cloud computing allows you to get on-demand, convenient, ubiquitous network access to shared configurable computing resources such as storage, networks, servers, services, and applications. More and more businesses are moving and integrating their biometric identification management systems to cloud platforms because of the many benefits this brings. These include:

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Is Now the Time to Jump on The Multifactor Biometrics Bandwagon?

The following is a guest post submitted to M2SYS by Brent Whitfield. He is the CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc.

Multifactor Biometrics

Multifactor Biometrics

For many security and technology experts, the advantages of multifactor biometrics have been becoming increasingly clear as criminals and security gurus alike continue to pick holes in standalone biometric authentication systems.

Now, for the first time, serious financial forecasts have outlined the potential size of the biometrics market to global infrastructure protection up to 2020 – and it’s pretty big!

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Cloud-Based Biometrics Will Change the Face of Law Enforcement

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Photo: Biometrics in Science Fiction

Biometric technology, once exclusively used as a Hollywood prop, has since evolved into a practical, affordable technology used in many different capacities for both government and private enterprises.

Many new biometric identity management solutions are now leveraging the cloud, freeing up resources and creating once unforeseen efficiencies to help increase utility and security. For example, our state-of-the-art cloud based biometric technology ePolice™ solution has the potential to completely change the face of law enforcement agencies around the globe.

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The Benefits of Using Cloud-Based Identity Management for Student Tracking

“With a feeling of great enthusiasm and eagerness, I arrived at the Lake view middle school where I planned to begin my career as a geography teacher. I was only 22 years old at that time and had just completed my grad course for teachers. I can still remember how well prepared I was for my first lesson, a good plan, an interesting topic… (climate change) I was full of energy and hope. After nervously and less than confidently entering in the sixth grade class the first thing I had to do was ‘ROLL CALL’. It took me almost 10 minutes to complete and I could not finish the day as I’ve dreamed. Did you ever track student attendance on a paper sheet during class hours? If yes, then you know how difficult and time consuming it is. Doesn’t it take the fun out of teaching? However, it doesn’t need to be this way.” – Susan Verhoff

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Photo: Attendance monitoring with manual roll calls

Susan Verhoff is an imaginary middle school teacher but this scenario is common for every teacher from charter schools to universities around the globe. The problem of paper based attendance records stretches not only to attendance tracking but also in admission, assessment, library, cafeteria, classroom, enrollment, facility, financial, and fundraising management – all which take a large portion of teacher and student time.  Teachers and administrative staff have to spend a lot of unproductive time to track these events. Continue reading →

How Mobile Banking, Biometrics, and the Cloud are Changing Financial Services

Before the electronic and computer revolution, banks and other financial organizations used vaults or safes with manual locking systems to protect valuables. Today, banks are looking ahead to more advanced technologies for asset protection such as mobile technology, biometrics and cloud computing to fight against theft and cyber-crime.

Technologies like mobile banking, biometrics and cloud computing are constantly evolving in the financial service and banking industry and as we sit at the start of 2015, it is time to reflect on the past year and look ahead at what is to come.

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#biometricchat on #biometrics and #cloudcomputing Chat Summary

Tweet chat transcript for 03/15 #biometricchat Yesterday we were pleased to welcome Terry Hartmann (@TerryID) from Unisys (@unisyscorp) to discuss the topic of biometrics and cloud computing at our monthly Twitter chat on biometric technology. It was an excellent discussion surrounding the questions:

1. What are the driving reasons for storing biometric information in the cloud?

2. Will “Identity as a Service” ever get off the ground ?

3. Will future growth of biometric cloud computing come mainly from the private or public sectors?

4. Are there different security standards that should apply to biometric data stored in the cloud?

5. Where do you see the biggest future growth in the federal market for biometric solutions?

6. Will the growth of mobile technology look to biometrics as the user authentication security of choice?

Among all of the answers that Terry provided, a few highlights to share:

  • Because so many federal agencies (FBI, DOD, Dept. Of Homeland Security) are accessing the same biometric data from different applications, storing this information in the cloud makes a lot of sense. Furthermore, another reason to store biometric information in the cloud  is to facilitate separation of biographic and biometric data.
  • In response to the question if “Identity as a Service” will ever get off the ground, Terry said that as more organizations move apps to the cloud, there is a greater need for security and 2-factor authentication and since many organizations don’t have the resources to roll out an id system on their own, this is where a managed service benefits them.
  • Speculating on where the future growth of biometrics in the cloud would come from, Terry said the private sector would be the largest consumer, particularly large cloud based companies like Google and Amazon as they move to biometrics for tighter authentication security on their apps and databases.
  • When asked whether different security standards should be applied to biometrics in the cloud, Terry said that all normal biometric standards (FIPS201, ISO 17974) should apply and did not indicate that he felt additional security standards would be appropriate.
  • As far as where the future growth of biometrics would be in the federal market, Terry said that healthcare, particularly biometrics related to healthcare benefits to reduce fraud.
  • Terry also confirmed that biometrics is quickly becoming the identificaiton/authentication security platform of choice for mobile devices.

For a copy of the entire chat transcript including information and questions provided by the participants, please click here.

Thank you again to Terry Hartmann for his time and to Unisys. Stay tuned to our blog for information next week about April’s #biometricchat.